Randy Lew Williams (inset) was arrested after sending an illegal firearms shipment from Dubai.


American jailed for firearms smuggling attempt via UAE


DUBAI – A former US volunteer fighter in Iraq will be spending three years in jail for attempting to smuggle firearms to Iraq via the UAE.

Randy Lew Williams will be serving 40 months in a US federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release when his prison term ends.

He was caught trying to smuggle unlicensed pistols and firearms to Kurdish fighters in Iraq through a package sent from the UAE in 2018.

The FedEx shipment was seized by UAE authorities in Dubai and Williams was arrested in March last year in the US.

He was charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act, making a false statement and possession of unregistered firearms.

At his sentencing in Oklahoma City Federal Court on Wednesday (March 3), Williams said he agreed to send guns after fighting alongside Kurdish fighters against terror group Daesh (ISIS) in 2015.

“The atrocities I saw were horrible,” he said, “I wish I had said, ‘No,’ but I didn’t. I felt obligated to help them out.”

US District Judge Jodi Dishman reminded Williams to “respect and abide by the rule of law in this country”.

“You, however, took the law into your own hands,” Dishman said at the sentencing. CCP/Expat Media

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